This training session will focus on the importance of establishing “prevention-based” active shooter programs, concentrating on preventing the act of violence before it occurs. Past acts of violence in the K–12 environments and current strategies and policies will be reviewed to build a comprehensive active shooter program— providing techniques that will aid in reducing risk and anxiety or fear of individuals involved.
Participants will learn the importance of integrating behavioral interventions teams with threat assessment processes and best practices to consider during an active shooter incident. Participants will be provided with common emergency terminology used to ensure that “we are all on the same page” during a critical incident— both internally with staff and students and externally with first responders. Additionally, the presenter will discuss various approaches on student management during an event and how to communicate during a critical incident such as an active shooter event.
We will also discuss common legal “roadblocks” such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) as to reporting students of concern and the sharing information.